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Special Education Licenses

Initial teacher licensure programs are offered in the areas of elementary and secondary special education, early intervention, early childhood, and visual impairments. We also offer a unique program of dual licensure in elementary and special education. Elementary, middle, or high school teachers can add a special education endorsement to their existing license. More advanced courses are offered to teachers seeking to renew their initial special educator license or seeking a continuing license in special education. In most programs, students can attend full-time or part-time, and courses are offered at times convenient for working teachers and paraprofessionals. Use the links below to learn about each of our licensure programs and coursework.

  • Elementary Special Educator
    This program is recommended for those who want to teach students from age 3 to grade 8 with a range of disabilities from mild to severe.

  • Secondary Special Educator
    This program is recommended for those who want to teach students from grade 5 through age 21 with a range of disabilities from mild to severe.

  • Visually Impaired Learner
    This distance learning program is recommended for those who want to teach students who are blind or visually impaired children ages birth to 21.

  • Inclusive Elementary Educators Program (IEEP)
    This program is recommended for those interested in earning licensure in both Special and General Education at the elementary school level.

  • Secondary Dual Educator Program (SDEP)
    This program is recommended for those interested in earning licensure in both Special Education and a specific subject at the secondary level.

  • Added Endorsement in Special Education
    This program is recommended for those who already hold a teaching license and wish to add a Special Education endorsement at the elementary or secondary level.

     

    Portland State University also provides an undergraduate program in Pre-Teacher Special Education that helps prepare students for our graduate programs.